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Old 12-18-2008, 07:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a rather old system and I'm almost positive my video card no longer works. I had an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro but the fan started giving me problems years ago. I'd hear a loud whirring noise whenever I booted up, googled it, and discovered that it was a rather common problem with these cards (apparently the fan on the cards has a short life span). Now whenever I boot up I'll see my desktop for a second or two before the screen goes black and I reboot. Sometimes I won't even make it past the Windows XP screen and everything will just go black. So I'm almost 100% positive it's the video card. At the moment I have to run in safe mode :/

Since it's an old system it's still AGP, but the good thing is I've read that you can get a decent AGP Video Card for fairly cheap. I don't really have a SET budget but I don't want to spend any more than $130. I'm not much of a gamer but I would like to get something that could handle fairly new games. For the most part I do graphic design and run programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. and 3D rendering programs like Cinema 4D. The only problem that I can see myself running into is my old hardware and power supply, so I'll post my current specs.

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Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2
AMD Athlon 64 3200+
Abit KV8 Pro Via-K8T800 MotherBoard
1.5gb of Kingston PC3200 RAM
Maxtor 160 GB 7200 RPM 8MB S-ATA Hard Drive
Sony 16x dvd
NEC DVDRW +/- 8x
2 Case Sleeve Fans 8x8
Blue Bold Cathode Neon Light
Orion 420Watt Power Supply
NZXT Case
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Who ever told you you can get a decent agp card for cheap lied they are actually a premium due to supply/demand. Simply your system is very old and I surprised you haven't tried to upgrade given that your using it for photoshop work however if your happy as is then get this to replace your current one;
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100228L Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
If its just the fan that is dead you could use an aftermarket cooler and replace the current one it would be cheaper.
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I plan on buying a new computer later on but from what I've seen I need at least $500 to build a decent rig, can't really afford it right now so I'll just fix this for now. To be honest I'd rather just buy a new card than replace the fan, I've read bits about doing it but I don't see the point on such an old card.

Will the card you suggested work with my machine? Really the power supply is the only thing I'm worried about. Is it a good card? Etc.

Any other suggestions or input would be great guys, thanks in advance.
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There's no point in getting a decent video card when you have mid-tier single core processor.
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That makes sense haha, so what card would you suggest?
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I would suggest not wasting your money. You won't be able to play any new games anyway.
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Playing new games isn't a priority (it'd be nice though), but I need a working computer. I dont need a new computer right this second, if I can avoid spending $500 on something I don't really need as opposed to $100-130 on a repair, then I will..

I was just looking for suggestions.
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Buy the cheapest AGP card you can find then if you just want your computer to work.
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Old 12-19-2008, 01:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I don't understand whats so confusing... I mean I set a budget for a reason therefore I am willing to spend it. I appreciate you trying to save me money but at the same time I did try to make it clear that I needed a decent video card (or at least better than the one I have now) because I work in graphic intense applications and do like to play games every once in a while (and if this upgrade allows it maybe even purchase a few new ones along the way, if not, oh well)

I'm not expecting miracles I know I have an old system, but I figure you guys are more knowledgeable when it comes to computer hardware and can offer some suggestions. I haven't paid attention to computer hardware since I first got this PC so I'm really out of the loop.
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so replace your fan or upgrade your computer. We are trying to tell you that getting anything better then your 9800 will just be a waste of money because it will be bottlenecked by your cpu.
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